Passionate about transforming ideas into action!

25+
Years of Experience
80+
Transformation Projects
250+
Keynotes Presented
20bi+
Managed Portfolio (USD)
15
Books Published
Ricardo Viana Vargas

Ricardo Vargas is a chief advocate in the project economy.

Specializing in implementing innovative global initiatives, capital projects and product development, Ricardo has directed dozens of projects across industries and continents, managing more than $20 billion in global initiatives over the past 25 years.

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Ricardo shares his expertise and passion with millions of professionals around the globe through his “5 Minutes Podcast,” which he has hosted since 2007.

He has written 15 books on project management, risk and crisis management and transformation, which have been translated into seven languages and sold more than half a million copies.

His influence on the sector was affirmed when he became the first Latin American to be elected Chairman of the Project Management Institute.

Ricardo introducing the Brightline Initiative at the TED Headquarters in New York City / 2017.

Ricardo currently directs the Brightline Initiative, a Project Management Institute think tank that brings together other global leading organizations into a coalition that is dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive, unproductive gap between strategic design and delivery.

Ricardo led the developed and delivery of a Coursera Massive Open Online Course on “Bridging the Gap Between Strategy Design and Delivery,” viewed by more than 10,000 students around the globe.

Under his leadership, the coalition launched the Brightline Transformation Compass: pioneering a human-centric approach to transformation.

Niamey / Niger - 2016

Prior to his work with Brightline, Ricardo directed the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Infrastructure and Project Management Group.

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and with operations in more than 120 countries, Ricardo and his team led more than 1,000 projects and $1.2 billion in refugee camp, rural road, maternity clinic and housing efforts, and managed the sustainability program, responsible for the first Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report in the United Nations’ system.

Ricardo during the filming of the documentary / Syria - 2016

Following his time at the UN, he collaborated to document the lives of the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and create the treatment for the documentary, “Zaatari: Memories of the Labyrinth,” a German-Brazilian production that is currently in several stream services globally.

The film showcases the tragedy of war, and the men, women and children seeking a different life.

Read more about the movie and watch the trailer!

Consulting - Training - Workshops

More than two decades ago, he founded Macrosolutions, a global consulting firm with international operations in energy, infrastructure, IT, oil and finance.

His work as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, chatbots and machine learning resulted in tools and products that have revolutionized how users bring agility and agile management into project management software.

AeC Photos - Past and Present

Ricardo started his career with two partners founding AeC in Brazil, where he was responsible for the services and training areas.

A company with three initial employees grew and diversified the business from traditional software sales into outsourcing, project management, call center and IT services, becoming one of the leading technology groups in the country. When Ricardo decided to leave to make his work international, the AeC Group had 1,500 employees.

Today, Ricardo continues to enjoy the progress and success of his two former partners, who are now leading the current 40,000 employees.

Certifications, credentials, and affiliations

Ricardo has been accredited with the most prestigious certifications in the project, portfolio, and risk management fields.

He holds three certifications by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Certified SAFe 4 Program Consultant by Scaled Agile (SAFe), eight certifications by AXELOS/APMG (PRINCE2), one by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and one by the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), among others.

A dual citizen of Brazil and Portugal, Ricardo holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Federal Fluminense University in Brazil, an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

He has received accreditation and key credentials in project management software and methodologies.

Ricardo has also earned accolades ranging from the PMI Distinguished Award to the IPMA Achievement Award to the AACE Total Quality Management Award for his project management leadership globally.

When he’s not traveling the world to share his passion for strategic transformation, Ricardo enjoys gardening and cooking with his wife and daughters in their sunny place in Portugal.

Ricardo Viana Vargas

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Passionate about transforming ideas into action, Ricardo Vargas is a chief advocate in the project economy. Specializing in implementing innovative global initiatives, capital projects and product development, Ricardo has directed dozens of projects across industries and continents, managing more than $20 billion in global initiatives over the past 25 years.

Ricardo shares his expertise with millions of professionals around the globe through his “5 Minutes Podcast,” which he’s hosted since 2007. He has written 15 books on project management, risk and crisis management, and transformation, which have been translated into six languages and sold more than half a million copies. His influence on the sector was affirmed when he became the first Latin American to be elected Chairman of the Project Management Institute.

Ricardo directs the Brightline Initiative, a Project Management Institute think tank bringing together leading organizations into a coalition dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive, unproductive gap between strategic design and delivery.

Prior to his work with Brightline, Ricardo was Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Infrastructure and Project Management Group, leading more than 1,000 projects and $1.2 billion in humanitarian and development projects.

Ricardo holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Federal Fluminense University in Brazil and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

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